Sigh. Another sigh. And for good measure, Le Sigh.
Our upstairs freezer seemed to be failing so I moved everything to the chest freezer. Thank everything holy, the next day it was all coldy, so either food was blocking a key air intake, or the door wasn’t closed properly, or I got lucky. Actually, no matter what I think I got lucky.
Our basement dehumidifier has stopped dehumidifying. I double checked it and we achieved 80% humidity! Score! I was in Sears and I looked at the dehumidifier prices. In 2006 we got our current one for, as I recall, about $100. It’s a decent-sized one and drains nicely into the sump pump. If I buy one right now they are selling for $250. Yowch! I looked up possible dehumidifier repairs online and I’ll give them a go. Since the thing isn’t doing anything right now I figure I have nothing to lose. Basically they advise disassembling the whole thing and removing dust and debris. I think I can handle that.
In the mean time, since the weather has been temperate and not too wet I have the window open. Our basement windows are eerily easy to operate: they lock well and they easily slide open and shut. Strange.
Broken things like company so this morning I discovered that our dishwasher door handle didn’t want to work anymore. I removed the screws to the door panel and ta-da! the latch is broken. Phooey. On the plus side, if you call Sears for service it’s not cheap but they have a good website for spare parts on some of their appliances. While our microwave is NOT one of those appliances, the dishwasher is. The part will be here in about a week.
I also think I need to replace the overflow valve for the hot water heater. Word on the (internet) street is that the part costs about $10. Look at all the money I’m saving us! Look ma! no mechanic!